5 February 2023

Bird Wave

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 24 August 2022.
Red-breasted Nuthatch.

On our hike this foggy, misty morning, dog and I encountered a bird wave. Well, more like a ripple, perhaps—and Captain Jack didn’t really care to notice—but I found myself transfixed with the variety of little bird species flitting in the dewy greenery.

Coming up through the woods, few species. At the summit, one or two. Down toward the main gate of Beech Hill Preserve? A whole bunch of ’em.

Black-throated Green Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo—I’m sure I’m forgetting something. But what began as a quiet excursion became a riotous good time.

Fall migration is coming, folks.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 7:49 a.m., I hiked most trails.

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Tufted Titmouse**
3. American Crow* (v)
4. Eastern Towhee
5. Eastern Wood-pewee (v)
6. Brown Creeper (v)
7. Red-breasted Nuthatch
8. American Goldfinch
9. Pileated Woodpecker (v)
10. Gray Catbird
11. Red-eyed Vireo**
12. Common Yellowthroat
13. Song Sparrow
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
15. Blue Jay (v)
16. Black-throated Green Warbler
17. Chestnut-sided Warbler
18. Yellow Warbler (v)
19. Yellow-rumped Warbler
20. White-throated Sparrow

Elsewhere

21. Wild Turkey

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year

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